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Payday Limbo (access required)

After losing a two-year, multimillion-dollar battle with voters and lawmakers, Arizona’s payday lenders are fighting for their lives.

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Sweeping immigration bill passes House; draws protests

Those opposing Sen. Russell Pearce's immigration crackdown bill listed their concerns April 13 on the Capitol lawn, just hours before the House is slated to debate and vote on the bill. The Arizona Interfaith Network, a group of local clergy, and the Arizona Employers for Immigration Reform (AZEIR) pointed out the problems they saw in the bill, highlighting the precarious position this puts law enforcement and local governments into, as well as the overall humanitarian rights trampling they see this bill promoting.

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Senate panel OKs ‘jobs’ bill on 5-2 vote

After a lengthy hearing attended by dozens of lobbyists for business groups and various individual corporations, a Senate panel today approved a heavily amended bill that aims to spur job growth through tax cuts to all businesses and tax credits for companies that create new high-wage jobs in Arizona.

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